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Leon. I charge thee do so, as thou art my child.
Hero. O God defend me, how am I beset! What kind of catechizing call you this ?
Claud. To make you answer truly to your name.
Hero. Is it not Hero? who can blot that name
Claud. Marry, that can Hero;
Hero. I talk'd with no man at that hour, my Lord.
Pedro. Why, then you are no maiden. Leonato, I am sorry, you must hear; upon mine Honour, Myself, my Brother, and this grieved Count Did see her, hear her, at that hour last night Talk with a ruffian at her chamber-window; Who hath, indeed, most like a liberal villain, 3 Confess’d the vile encounters they have had A thousand times in secret.
John. Fie, fie, they are not to be nam'd, my Lord,
Claud. O Hero! what a Hero hadft thou been,
liberal villa'n, ] [i- illiberal. beral here, as in many places of 4 I am afraid here is intended these plays, means, frank beyond a poor conceit upon the word honesty or decency. Free of tongue. Here, Dr.Warburton unnecessarily reads
And never shall it more be gracious.“
Leon. Hath no man's dagger here a point for me? Beat. Why, how now, Cousin, wherefore sink you
down? John. Come, let us go; these things, come thus
to light, Smother her spirits up.
[Exe. D. Pedro, D. John and Claud.
Bene. How doth the lady?
Beat. Dead, I think ; help, uncle.
Leon. O fate! take not away thy heavy hand;
Beat. How now, cousin Hero?
s The ftory that is printed in Chid I for That at frugal na
her blod?] That is, the ture's FRAME? fory which her blubes difiover to I've one too much by thee. -]
The meaning of the second line 6 Griev'd I, I had but according to the present reading, one ? is this, Chid 1 at frugal nature
I've one too much by thee. Why had I one?
that fe fent me a girl and not a as it may easily fignify the system boy? But this is not what he of things, or univerfal scheme, chid nature for; if he himself the whole order of beings is may be believed, it was because comprehended, there arises no The had given him but one : and difficulty from it which requires in that he owns he did foolishly, to be removed by so violent an for he now finds he had one 100 effort as the introduction of a much. He called her frugal, new word offensively mutilated. therefore, in giving him but one 7 But mine, AND mine I lov’d, child. (For to call her so be AND mine I prais’d, cause the chose to send a girl, AND mine that I was proud rather than a boy, would be ri on,-) The sense requires diculous) So that we must cer that we should read, as in these tainly read,
three places The reasoning of Chid I for this at frugal the speaker stands thus, Had ture's 'FRAIN &, i. e. refraine, or this been my adopted child, this keeping back her further favours, jame would not have rebounded ftopping her hand, as ve say, when
Put this child was mine, she had given him one, But the As mine I loved her, praised her, Oxford Editor has, in his usual was proud of her : consequently, way, improved this amendment, as I clained the glory I mujt needs by substituting band for 'fraine. be subjected to the jhame, &c. WARBURTON.
WARBURTON, Though frame be not the word Even of this small alteration which appears to a reader of the there is no need. The speaker present time most proper to ex ulters his emotion abruptly. But hibit the poet's sentiment, yet mine, and mine that I loved, &c. it may as well be used to thew by an ellipfis frequent, perhaps that he had one child, and no more, 100 frequent, boih in verse and as that he had a girl, not a boy, and proc.
And falt too little, which may season give
Bene. Sir, Sir, be patient ;
Beat. O, on my soul, my cousin is bely'd.
Beat. No, truly, not; altho' until last night
Friar. Hear me a little,
Leon. Friar, it cannot be ;
Friar. Lady, what man is he you are accus’d of? *
Friar. There is some strange misprision in the Princes.
Bene. Two of them have the very bent of honour, And if their wisdoms be mif-led in this, The Practice of it lives in John the bastard, Whole fpirits toil in frame of villanies.
Leon. I know not : if they speak but truth of her, These hands shall tear her ; if they wrong her honour, The proudest of them shall well hear of it. Time hath not yet so dry'd this blood of mine, Nor age so eat up my invention, Nor fortune made fuch havock of my means,
8 Friar. Lady, what man is he betrayed herself by naming the
you are accus’d of ?) The person he was conscious of an friar had just before boasted his affair with. The friar observed great kill in fishing out the truth. this, and so concluded, that were And indeed, he appears, by this she guilty fhe would probably question, to be no fool. He was fall into the trap he laid for her. by, all the while at the accusa - I only take notice of this tion, and heard no names men to thew how admirably well 'tioned. Why then should he Shakespeare knew how to sustain ask her what man she was ac his characters. WAR BURTON. cused of? But in this lay the
bent of honour,] Bent fubtilty of his examination. For is used by our authour for the had Hero been guilty, it was utmost degree of any passion or very probable that, in that hurry mental quality. In this play be. and confusion of spirits, into fore, Benedick says of Beatrice, which the terrible insult of her her offrition has its full bent The lover had thrown her, he would expresion is derived from arnever have observed that the chery; the bow has its bint when man's name was not trentioned; it is dra:vn as far as it can be. and fo, on this quellion, have VOL. III. R